Cubs Miss Yet Another Center Field Target: Time to Examine Platoons?

December 22, 2009 by  

There is an old saying, that two heads are better than one. In baseball, we use a slightly modified variation on that axiom: two bats are better than one.

Platoons have been in use for decades. Famously, Casey Stengel made them a staple of the New York Yankees whom he led to six World Series titles in the 1950s. With the increased specialization of relief pitchers, however, the platoon does not enjoy the prominence it once did in Major League Baseball. This is largely because teams must now carry 11 or 12 pitchers at any given time, limiting the number of reserve hitters they can carry to no more than five.

One thing platoons still do exceptionally well, though, is k...

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